Last Saturday, a one-car crash on Shady Hollow Boulevard and 9th Street resulted in the death of 19-year-old Robert Doyle of Naples. According to ABC Channel Two News, the crash happened at approximately 2:27 a.m. For unknown reasons, Doyle lost control of his truck. It left the roadway and then flipped into a canal. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Very few details have been released about this tragic crash.
Teen Crash Statistics
It always hits home when a local teenager gets killed in a car crash. Sadly, car wrecks are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, seven teenagers (between the ages of 16 and 19) died in motor vehicle crashes each day. The CDC has analyzed data to find out what factors put teens most at risk for crashes.
Who is Most at Risk?
- Teen males – The death rate for teen males was nearly double the death rate for teen females in 2010.
- Teens who just got licenses – Teens who have recently gotten their licenses (within the first few months) are at a particularly high risk for being involved in motor vehicle wrecks.
- Teens with peer passengers – the crash risk increases for teens who have teen passengers. Additionally, the crash risk grows significantly with each additional teen passenger.
Preventing Teen Automobile Crashes
The CDC found that graduated drivers licensing programs are a proven and effective way to help teens become safe drivers. These programs work by delaying full licensure until teens have plenty of monitored experienced under relatively low-risk conditions. These programs vary from state to state, and teens in Florida can get a learner license at age 15.
After Car Accidents
If you or a loved one is hurt in a car accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. When the unthinkable happens, it may be necessary to contact a wrongful death attorney. When local teenagers are injured and killed in automobile wrecks, the whole community feels it. The team at Weldon & Rothman, PL sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Robert Doyle.
Legal Disclaimer: The above guidelines are educational in nature and do not create an attorney/client relationship. It is highly recommended that all Florida accident victims contact an experienced local Florida personal injury attorney to assist them with specific facts and circumstances regarding their motor vehicle accident. If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident in Florida, then feel free to contact Attorney Weldon toll free at (877) 730-5180 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard L. Weldon, II is an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who has obtained the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He is the managing attorney of Weldon & Rothman, PL – a Southwest Florida law firm with offices in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota.